Primer for a Failed Superpower


The TEAM

Primer for a Failed Superpower is a theatrical concert event inspired by the 1980s hardcore punk scene. It will feature a new band of 30-somethings (the TEAM), a teenage ensemble (ages 13-18, sourced wherever the work tours), multimedia and narrative  elements—all in pursuit of the following questions: Is America a failing superpower? How does a teenager, and a teenage nation, grow up? The defining geopolitical moment of the artists’ childhoods was the fall of the Berlin Wall. For the next generation, who many of the TEAM teach, their formative moment was September 11th.Primer is about preparing our minds for a shifting national identity, through conversations with the next generation, and a love letter to our future children about growing up in the 1980s.

  • Artists

    The TEAM

    The TEAM is a Brooklyn-based ensemble whose mission is to create new work about the experience of living in America today. Their work crashes America…

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    Jessica Almasy

    Jessica Almasy is a jungle cat slash otter, now writing: PLAYSXIXprone; BOOKSThis is My Young Adult N…

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    Rachel Chavkin

    Rachel Chavkin is two-time Obie Award-winning and Drama Desk nominated director, educator and the founding Artistic Director of the TEAM, for whom sh…

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    Matt Hubbs

    Matt Hubbs is the resident designer with the TEAM. He also recently designed 100 Saints You Should Know at Playwrights Horizons. A…

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    Libby King

    Libby King recently won Best Female Performance at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2007 for the role of Sarah Springer in the TEAM’s Partic…

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  • Events

    Sep 01 – Jan 01, 2018
    Pacific Standard Time Hosts Exhibition on Suzanne Lacy and Pablo Helguera



    May 28 – Mar 01, 2017
    Jen Bervin premieres her Creative Capital Project, "Silk Poems"



    Jul 15 – Jan 15, 2017
    Carlos Motta presents "Histories for the Future" at PAMM



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  • Project News

    April 15, 2015
    Project Premiere: Emily Johnson's SHORE in Lenapehoking (New York City)



    April 7, 2015
    Project Premiere: Kerry Tribe Solo Exhibition "The Loste Note" at 356 Mission in Los Angeles



    March 19, 2015
    Project Premiere: Carlos Motta Launches Web-Based Project "Gender Talents"



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